Almost 150,000 Exactech Joint Implants Recalled
Exactech Inc. recalled about 147,000 plastic inserts used in knee and ankle replacements. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled the joint implants because it was found that the plastic could wear out early and lead to implant failure, requiring the patient to undergo corrective surgery.
If you or a loved one has received an implant using Exactech products, you may suffer symptoms, and you might be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the company.
What Did the Recall Entail?
The inserts — known as the Exactech Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Knee and Ankle Inserts — were part of an FDA recall because “…most of the inserts manufactured since 2004 were packaged in out-of-specification, nonconforming vacuum bags that are oxygen resistant but do not contain a secondary barrier layer containing ethylene vinyl alcohol that augments oxygen resistance.”
Exposure to the elements meant that the products could break down easier.
The recall involved the following products:
- Exactech Optetrak knee implants
- Exactech Optetrak Logic knee implants
- Exactech Truliant knee implants
- Exactech Vantage ankle replacements
Signs of Faulty Knee & Ankle Implants
If you received any of the mentioned products, keep an eye out for the following symptoms, as they may signify that you need another operation to correct the problem.
One of the first signs is pain in the area in and around the joint. This could be from numerous factors, like infection(s) as the product starts to break down within your body.
You might notice that the area is not as functional as it once was. It might be harder to move, or you might not get as much of a range of motion as you did before.
If you feel like your bones are not as strong as they were before, it could be from a defective implant. While our bones do naturally break down as we get older, it could be a concern if it is happening at an accelerated pace.
Component fatigue cracking/fracturing
Sometimes, you might feel the product wearing down and eventually breaking. If this happens, seek medical attention immediately.
How to File a Lawsuit if You Received a Defective Implant
If you think that you have been affected by this, follow these steps to initiate a claim:
- Use the Exactech website and see if your specific model implant is listed in the recall.
- Gather all the information from your surgery, including the date, surgeon, and hospital.
- Scroll to the bottom of the same page and see which phone number is listed for your county’s contact information.
- Call in to initiate your claim.
- Call the lawyers at Atlee Hall to help you.
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You could be eligible for compensation if you received a recalled Exactech implant. The personal injury lawyers at Atlee Hall have genuine trial experience in this complex area of law.
With our history of success, including the largest medical malpractice verdict in York County and the largest personal injury verdict in Lancaster County, we know what it takes to get justice.